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Clear Running Needed for Villermont
Trainer Aaron Purcell is confident that Villermont (All Too Hard) can play a major role in Saturday's $1 million Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington as long the blue blooded colt obtains clear running to the line, reports racing.com. Purcell blames a lack of galloping room for Villermont's first-up defeat when he finished 7th in the Gr2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. "He's a big, strong horse and takes a little while to wind up...once he winds up he can be really strong through the line," Purcell said. "If he's stuck in traffic he definitely gets disadvantaged by that, so we'll be trying to get him out into his own air and give him as much time to wind up as we can." Villermont, who showed huge potential in the spring when winning the Gr2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) on his seasonal bow, is rated a $16 chance with TAB for Saturday's stallion-making feature. Bred and part-owned by Vinery Stud, Villermont is the last foal of the beautifully bred Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (Dehere x Bint Marscay) who died in 2016. This makes Villermont a direct descendant of influential broodmare Eau D'Etoile (Sir Tristram), ancestress of Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay, outstanding dual Gr1-winning miler Filante, Australian Guineas winner Kenny's Best Pal, Victoria Derby winner Benicio, and Gr1 Australia Stakes winner Stella Cadente.